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Episode Info: Rowell’s post: https://rowelldionicio.com/deploying-cisco-catalyst-9800-controller-on-vmware-esxi/François’s post: https://www.semfionetworks.com/blog/setup-cisco-catalyst-9800-controller-on-your-laptopCisco introduced the new Catalyst 9800 Wireless LAN Controller: https://www.cisco.com/c/en/us/products/wireless/catalyst-9800-series-wireless-controllers/index.htmlOne of the main new features was the fact that they released a cloud version (escentially a VM) that you could install pretty much anywhere you want:On a private CloudOn a public Cloud (AWS)Locally on a computer or serverThey call it the C9800-CL.Benefits:No need to maintain a physical controller. Gives you access to the advanced features without having to install hardware.Could be used for lab and quick testing.Easier to scale. Start small and scale up as required.Take advantage of the advantage of a public cloud infra.We went through the setup process two different ways and wanted to share our experience:Installing on a local mv on your laptop (vmware fusion)Installing on a small local esxi serverHardware RequiredTo install it on vmware fusion, you don’t need anything apart from your laptopTo install it on a local esxi server, we usedIntel NUC with an Intel Core i7 processor (Important)32GB or RAM500GB of internal SSD8GB USB SanDisk Cruzer Fit for ESXiVMWare SetupCould be tricky if you have never done it beforeWe detailed the process on how to do it in our articles. Cisco also released a deployment guide that you can use: https://www.cisco.com/c/en/us/td/docs/wireless/controller/technotes/8-8/b_c9800_wireless_controller_virtual_dg.htmlYou will need to download the proper C9800 image from Cisco’s websiteFor VMWare Fusion: the iso fileFor ESXi: the ova fileYou will need an ova tool to import the ova file to vmware esxi.ChallengesConfiguring the network interfaces of the VMHad to manually change configuration files of vmware fusionEasier to install it on the ESXi I would sayC9800 Initial Setup and ConfigurationsThe zero day config might not be the best way to go if you want to learn how to configure the controller later on. It could be the easy way to go for a quick deployment.Was easier to set it up via CLI the first time and then HTTPS into itConfigure the IP address, route, country code, user, management interface and generate a certificate to establish DTLS connections with the APsThen you can open up a browser and connect to the C9800-CL via HTTPSConnect an APIn order to have an AP connected to the controller, you will need some sort of DHCP serverNote: VMotion is not yet supported.The post CTS 181: Cisco Catalyst 9800-CL Setup appeared first on Clear To Send.
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